How To Care For Non Stick Pans
You know the reputation of non stick cookware; harmful coating that chips, not-so-trendy colors, inferior construction. In other words, pans that are destined for a landfill after only a few years.
We wanted better for your kitchen and the environment.
Our single game changer? PPG Eterna® non-stick coating. It’s incredibly smooth and thicker than the nonstick coating of the competition. That means eggs, pancakes and crepes come out like a dream (without using tons of butter and oil). When you take care of non stick cookware properly, it’ll last you years—and in the case of our pots and pans, they’ll turn into heirloom pieces you’ll want to pass down.
Here’s everything you need to know to prep, clean and maintain your non stick collection from American Kitchen.
Prepping Non Stick Cookware
Out of the box, our non stick cookware is pretty perfect (humble brag!). It all starts with two layers of professional-grade stainless steel wrapped around a layer of super durable aluminum so your pans will heat evenly (no hot spots!). Then we add a layer of PPG Eterna® nonstick coating for durability and ultimate cooking performance. Unlike cast iron, you don’t need to pre-season a non stick pan, just hand wash it in warm, soapy water before using. Then rinse well and dry with a soft towel.
Cleaning Non Stick Pans
One of the biggest perks of non stick cookware is it’s so easy to clean (like the name suggests, food shouldn’t stick). First, wait to clean your non stick cookware until it has cooled down completely. Bringing a hot pan to cold water can shock it and warp the metal. And although it may seem like a time-saver, don’t put your cookware in the dishwasher—the high temperature, chemicals and dishes that can bump your pans can damage the non stick coating. Instead, rinse your pan with warm water, and then using a non-abrasive sponge and warm soapy water, gently hand wash your pan in the sink.
TIP* Stay away from scouring pads, steel wool or anything too abrasive as these can scratch the coating.
Using a soft towel, hand dry your non stick cookware completely before putting it away.
Maintaining Non Stick Cookware
Our non stick pots and pans are the pieces you’ll treasure for years because they’re built to last. But everyone could use some extra tips and tricks.
- DO add a little bit of oil or butter to your pan before cooking to help foods from sticking.
- DON’T use non stick cooking spray on your pan (it creates a film on your coating that’ll be hard to remove)
- DO pick to the right utensils (think wood, nylon or silicone—never metal).
- DON’T cut or carve in your cookware because it can scratch. Instead, use a cutting board.
- DO use low to medium heat as anything higher can damage the pan.
- DON’T use non stick cookware for whipping up acidic foods, like tomato sauce. Use a stainless steel pan for that.
- DO store your pans properly if you’re stacking your cookware by putting a piece of paper towel or a cloth napkin in between each piece.
- DON’T store food inside your non stick cookware in the fridge. Instead, always use a storage container.